Ceramicize Me

Photo: sahua/Flickr

Photo: sahua/Flickr

I was recently given a beautiful new kitchen tool by a good friend.  After he handed me the wrapped, rectangular package, he gave one disclaimer: “use it very, very carefully.”   What was it? Chocolate? basil? catnip?

The secret was quickly revealed after tearing the beautiful box open.  Inside we found a very large ceramic knife.  I admit, I’ve seen these around and haven’t really been interested in dropping a lot of money for one new blade….especially a ceramic knife.  What could be so special about it?

After preparing dinner last night, I can tell you this:  they are a gift like no other.  I am in awe of any kitchen tool that so radically can change one’s life.  Slipping this blade through fish and then washing it so easily and wielding it on vegetables was, simply put, a dream.

I decided to do some research.  

Ceramic knives are indigenous to Japan and were made popular in the United States by various major television food stars, most notably Blue Ginger’s Ming Tsai on the TV Food Network.

Kyocera (one of the brands that makes ceramic knives) claims that the ceramic material, made out of zirconia, is second in hardness after the diamond.   This material is also wear resistant and chemically inert.  There is NO metal aftertaste and the knife requires sharpening every five years.


Do you own a ceramic knife?  If so, what do you think of it? Worth the price tag? Share your wisdom.

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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.